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Ecoafriq eshop - Issue #7 Natural dyes. Colorant naturel..

Ecoafriq eshop - Issue #7 Natural dyes. Colorant naturel..
By Ecoafriq • Issue #7 • View online
The modern dye processes are unsustainable and damaging to the environment. For thousands of years, vegetables, fruits, teas, and other plants have been used to make homemade dyes to use on fabrics and textiles. Leftover fruits and vegetables materials, such as peels and skins, beetroot, blueberries, avocado skins, spinach, red cabbage, brown onions, plums, grapes, nettles, hibiscus flowers, turmeric, used tea bags- are some of the organic ingredients used for creating natural dyes in a variety of colours.
You can mix and experiment with different plants, fruits and vegetables scraps to see what type of colours you can create for your homemade natural dyes. The intensity and shade will vary, depends on what and how fruits, vegetables and plants are combined.
Get started with this list of ingredients to plan your colour scheme. 
Blue: Blueberries, Red cabbage
Brown: Used tea bags
Purple: Red onion skins, raspberries, blackberries
Pink: Beetroot, blackberries, raspberries
Green: Spinach, leafy greens, nettles
Red: Beetroot, red berries
Orange and yellow: Onion skins, rosemary, turmeric
Purple: Blueberries
Madder root: Pink, orange, red
Mangosteen peel: Crimson, brown, dark brown, green, purple

Straw cane handbags
Straw cane handbags
Material : Sugarcane and raffia straw
Closure: Zip
Features: Inner lining, coin/ wallet pocket. Handmade, sustainable materials, and strong enough for daily use. 
Colours: Natural OR Red earth, like pictures 
Organic dyes
Organic dyes
Here is a simple method to make your homemade dye:
1.Place your chopped plants, vegetables and fruits into a saucepan and cover with water (use only raw, uncooked fruits, vegetables and plants).
2.Use twice the amount of water to the amount of fruits and vegetables.
3.Add ¼ cup table salt and one cup vinegar. The vinegar and salt work together to naturally lock the colours into the fabric.
4.Boil then simmer for about an hour.
5.Let water cool to room temperature and strain out the produce pieces and discard or compost.
6.Now your handmade dye is ready to use.
Wear gloves – some of the dye ingredients will also stain your skin and some plants can be irritants. Keep your dyeing supplies separate from your kitchen supplies. Do not use spoons, measuring cups and pots that have been in contact with dyes for food preparation.
Place wet fabric in dye bath. Simmer together until desired colour is obtained. The colour of the fabric will be lighter when it’s dry. Also note that all dyed fabrics should be laundered in cold water and separately.
When we dye raffia straw, we place the dry straw in the dye bath and allow to simmer for 40 minutes to a few hours- depends on the quantity of the raffia straw and colours we want to achieve.
Fabrics such as polyester and rayon won’t hold the natural dye. Hemp, linen, cotton, raffia straw-all dye very well with organic, homemade natural dyes. The beauty of natural dyes is that they are easy to make, non toxic to the environment, and helps reduce waste as it’s perfectly fine to use leftover fruits, vegetables, peels and skins.
Boost you’re creativity and get started making you’re own dyes, have fun with friends and family creating you’re own personal styles!
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